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Bugs



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 11:18 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

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Can anyone think of a use for wine bottles - we send a lot of those for recycling!


Funny, so do we. I don't know where they all come from

I've seen wine bottles turned in to various containers using a bottle
cutter. You can cut the top off and turn it in to a vase.

But like compost scoops - how many vases do you need?

Some people bury them neck down to make edging for beds etc. Looks a bit dangerous to me.

Top use that I've seen is chopping off the next and fixing it to the base so you have a stemmed wine glass. Now, a girl can never have enough wine glasses, especially if a girl is very clumsy.

Unfortunatley, I don't know how to do those, safely, as I've only seen them for sale - they do say that they are truly made from wine bottles though.

Last but not least, of course, you could use them to bottle your own wine? You'll only be doing it for the environment, you know

I wonder if you could smash them up yourself, and put them in one of those tumbler things that people use to polish stones, and turn them in to a glass mulch? Seems fraught with danger though.

alison
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lowlander has edged one of her veg plots with upturned wine bottles and it looks fantastic. The photo is on the RC site.

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are completely safe when used this way; they are buried quite deep, and they are very stable. That particular bed took exactly 100 bottles, by the way.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What about when you hit them with a wheelbarrow, drop a spade on them, or fall over (all things I do regularly in the garden.. )? Does the soil support them enough to cope?

I suppose it's a bit like the standing on an egg experiment...

Gervase



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you've got a mortar mill, you can grind old bottles to make an excellent aggregate. Makes for very colourful plaster!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I saw broken glass used as garden decoration once. It had been 'tumble or something so it was all smooth like pebbles from the beach.

cab



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not wishing to be too obvious here, but we tend to use wine bottles for putting more wine in. Best use I can think of for them

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cab wrote:
Not wishing to be too obvious here, but we tend to use wine bottles for putting more wine in. Best use I can think of for them


yep, was planning on bottling some Shiraz in a tick.

jema

Bugs



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jema wrote:
yep, was planning on bottling some Shiraz in a tick.


That's funny, I was planning to unbottle some Shiraz in a tick. Or maybe some Merlot...which will go best with chilli sin carne?

Oh well. I'll just have to try both.

cab



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jema wrote:
Cab wrote:
Not wishing to be too obvious here, but we tend to use wine bottles for putting more wine in. Best use I can think of for them


yep, was planning on bottling some Shiraz in a tick.

jema


I have lemon balm, mead and watermint to bottle. When I can be bothered. Some time before Christmas will do.

jema
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cab wrote:
jema wrote:
Cab wrote:
Not wishing to be too obvious here, but we tend to use wine bottles for putting more wine in. Best use I can think of for them


yep, was planning on bottling some Shiraz in a tick.

jema


I have lemon balm, mead and watermint to bottle. When I can be bothered. Some time before Christmas will do.


A lot more interesting than the wine kits, but I do have 15 gallons of assorted elderberry on its way meanwhile I'd like a stocked cellar.

jema

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If I had space to make wine, believe me I would. Himself will drink anything, so even if it's awful, it will get used! I like the sound of lowlanders lemon wine - might have to find a space for that somewhere!

cab



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 04 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jema wrote:

A lot more interesting than the wine kits, but I do have 15 gallons of assorted elderberry on its way meanwhile I'd like a stocked cellar.

jema


15 gallons? Roughly 90 bottles? Wow. Not bad.

Lets think... Actually, no, I'll post it in recipes rather than here...

Dunc



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 04 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can't compete with all the wine related talk but my favourite reusing mission of the moment is...

...Bullying everyone in my office to give me their used vending machine coffee cups. If they're stupid enough to drink the garbage that comes out of the machine, they can provide me with pots for seedlings for the greenhouse!

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 04 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not a bad idea, luckily we have a kettle and mugs round here.

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